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March 2006Political Conflict and Power-sharing in the Origins of Modern Colombia
with James A. Robinson: w12099
In this paper we present historical evidence and a theoretical analysis of the origins of political stability and instability in Colombia for the period 1850-1950, and their relationship to political, particularly electoral, institutions. We show that the driving force behind institutional change over this period, specifically the move to proportional representation (PR), was the desire of the Conservative and Liberal parties to come up with a way of credibly dividing power to avoid civil war and conflict, a force intensified by the brutal conflict of the War of a Thousand days between 1899 and 1902. The problem with majoritarian electoral institutions was that they did not allocate power in a way which matched the support of the parties in the population, thus encouraging conflict. The st...

Published: Mazzuca, Sebastián and James A. Robinson. “Political Conflict and Power-sharing in the Origins of Modern Colombia." Hispanic American Historical Review 89 (2009): 285-321.

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